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The Harlem Shake – Sexual, Dance, Freedom?!

The Harlem Shake has become a global phenomenon and continues to grow.

Why are people dressing up in character and dancing the shake?  What does it say about escape, or expression, or letting it go, behind a mask?

I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, but it’s such a strange marvel, I have to put it out there, share it with you, and get your thoughts.  No one is calling them crazy, and the weirdness is accepted.

Check out this video and tell me what the heck you think is going on…?

Here’s the original…


Here are the top ten renditions of the shake…:

Would you do the shake?!



The Harlem Shake – Sexual, Dance, Freedom?!

Erica Loberg

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APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). The Harlem Shake – Sexual, Dance, Freedom?!. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/02/20/the-harlem-shake-weigh-in-please/


Last updated: 21 Feb 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2013
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